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Honey Lemon-Glazed Cornish Hens with
California Walnut Rice Stuffing

Honey Lemon-Glazed Cornish Hens with California Walnut Rice StuffingThis recipe is festive enough for company, but simple enough for weekday meals.

Recipe Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup chopped leeks or shallots
2 2/3 cups cooked long-grain parboiled white or brown rice
1 cup chopped toasted California Walnuts
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons finely grated lemon rind
4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
4 Cornish hens, about 1 1/2 pound each
1/4 cup liquid honey
2 teaspoons lemon juice

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add leeks; sauté until just tender. Stir in rice, walnuts, parsley, lemon rind and thyme. Season with salt and pepper; set aside.
  2. Rinse Cornish hens and pat dry; season inside and out with salt and pepper. Stuff cavity with rice mixture. Tuck wings underneath and tie legs together. Place with breast side up in large roasting pan.
  3. Bake in 375°F (190°C) for 1 hour or until juices run clear, basting several times with pan drippings.
  4. In small bowl, whisk together honey and lemon juice. Brush Cornish hens with honey glaze during last 15 minutes of cooking; baste several times with glaze and pan drippings. Remove from oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes; remove string.

Makes 4 servings.

Tip: The stuffing can also be enjoyed as a side dish with chicken, pork or fish. Place in casserole dish, adding 2/3 cup chicken broth. Cover and bake in 375°F (190°C) oven for 20 minutes or until heated through

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy California Walnuts.